Australia reached the final unbeaten, defeating the Silver Ferns in their last group game by a single goal, and they brought the score back to that margin in the fourth quarter as Liverpool prepared for a spectacular finish.
Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham joined the Silver Ferns' party in Liverpool as the Kiwi side celebrated their Netball World Cup triumph.
Australian netballers Jo Weston, left, and Kelsey Browne can not hide their disappointment after a one-point Netball World Cup final defeat to New Zealand in Liverpool.
Earlier, England beat South Africa 58-42 to win bronze. "It shows how close world netball is". "Today was about sending her off as best we could and we did that", Guthrie added.
"I knew it was going to be tight but I always had faith in them".
"I'm quite speechless... for us to come out and win this, it's huge for our netball community and for New Zealand", she said.
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"We're terribly disappointed of course not to get the job done", she said in her post-match press conference.
However, New Zealand broke the game open just before half-time with three quickfire unanswered goals and never surrendered the lead again despite a late fightback from the Diamonds.
"It's very different to past year where we were ahead by six going in to the final quarter so it was far more of a shock", she said.
"We were fantastic in the second half and just needed one more turnover to take the game into extra time". That is the big we need to get over, and get the debrief out of the way so we can move forward to tomorrow.